In what has to come as a surprise to no one, Senators winger Colin Greening has cleared waivers:
Greening (OTT) has cleared waivers— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 28, 2015
After about a year on the trade block, the fact that he went unclaimed can't come as a surprise to the Senators. As B_T stated in his post yesterday, this is probably the first step in the process to buy Greening out in June:
the only real benefit to the Senators is the active roster position. There will be some cap hit savings - $925k pro-rated for this season and $950k in each of the remaining two years - but the Senators are hardly pushing the cap, and the full salary is still paid to the player so there are no financial savings. Based on that I doubt Greening makes it out of the buyout window at the end of June as a member of the Senators organization.
This move was less to clear cap space and more about freeing up a spot on the 23-man roster. This was simply the easiest way to do it now that all eight defensemen on the NHL roster are healthy. Which means Mark Borowiecki is healthy after a nasty leg laceration:
Boroweicki cleared medically. Now a coaches decision when he plays #BellLetsTalk— Dean Brown (@PxPOttawa) January 28, 2015
Cameron says having 8 healthy D is a coaching "nightmare." #sens— Wayne Scanlan (@HockeyScanner) January 28, 2015